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The 100 Greatest Games | 22 | Grand Theft Auto III
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The 100 Greatest Games | 22 | Grand Theft Auto III

YEAR: 2001     FORMAT: PS2

The 100 Greatest Games | 22 | Grand Theft Auto III


While the potential of Grand Theft Auto was clear from the start, it wasn't until the series made the leap into three dimensions that the GTA bandwagon went into overdrive. Boasting the same freeform structure as its predecessors, but with glorious 3D graphics that made the brutal action and outrageous car jacking even more compelling, GTAIII is one of the most influential games in console history and has informed every crime caper to hit the shelves ever since. And we're not even mentioning the morally dubious fun to be had from ploughing through pedestrians, flagging down hookers to 'replenish' your health and then (if you were so inclined) gunning them down to get your money back.

Memorable for...
Daily Mail baiting. It was unquestionably a great game but what made GTA III (in)famous was the outrage it caused, and how every self-appointed moral guardian on the planet believed an entire generation would be lost to vice and villainy after playing. What did we end up with? Sexting, rainbow parties and a happy slapping epidemic. Damn you GTA, DAMN YOU!

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